AWAI Success Stories

Looking for a little inspiration? Read some of our most recent success stories below.

And if you want to meet some of the AWAI Members who are now living the writer’s life thanks to their hard work and dedicated persistence, be sure and read our case studies.

Living The Writer's Life: Malcolm Smith “I haven’t worn shoes to work in 10 years.”

By his own admission, Malcolm Smith had an uphill climb once he entered the world of copywriting. But, as he articulately points out, good writing can be learned, and the freedom it leads to is worth every ounce of persistence you put in up front. Enjoy Malcolm’s uplifting story about how he made Barefoot Writing work for him, and what three things you can do today to pump up the quality of your own copy.

Living The Writer's Life: Matthew Loomis Making the Leap to Freelancer Was the Best Decision Matthew Loomis Ever Made

Matthew “Kaboomis” Loomis runs a thriving freelance copywriting business that includes a variety of fascinating, fast-paced projects. It was a leap he contemplated for years, and one that didn’t come without a handful of reservations. Fortunately, making the leap to freelancer was the best thing he ever did. Better yet, new opportunities continue to unfold. Find out what made the difference in Matt’s story …

Living The Writer's Life: Kate Frank Fueled By a Love for Copywriting, Kate Frank Knows How to Get in Buyer’s Heads

Thirteen years ago, Kate Frank discovered copywriting … and the rest is part glowing history, part successes yet-to-be. She knew the Barefoot Writing lifestyle was for her and she’s made it her own, with plans to grow and expand into speaking and workshops. Enjoy her sunny perspective on the writer’s life and the passion she feels in her role as communicator.

Living the Writer’s Life: John Rugh Fired Up and Better Than Ever: How Taking a Step Back Helped This Writer Move Forward

John Rugh is the kind of person who’s clearly cut out for the writer’s life. He devotes his free time to everything from mountain biking to rock climbing to fishing in the desert. But he came up short in his first attempt at professional writing. Frustrated, he went back to traditional employment. And that’s when everything changed, and he realized what kind of life he could have as a writer if he’d just pursue his passion whole-heartedly. Find out how he’s doing that, and why this time, he’s determined to succeed …

Living the Writer's Life David Tomen Motivated Freelancer Finds Smooth Sailing in Copywriting World

David Tomen is a natural at persuasive communication. He’s been doing it throughout his colorful career, but didn’t realize it was called copywriting until a short time ago. Now that he has the skills and training he needs, nothing can stop his steady ascent to life as a six-figure writer — and a very driven one at that. Find out what he’s been doing to make sure that he goes nowhere but up, both in his income and writing goals.

Living The Writer's Life: Brad McMillen Why Writing Means “Goodbye, Cubicle” and “Hello, Opportunity!” for Brad McMillen

Life as a professional writer brings Brad McMillen the kind of freedom-from-The-Man we all crave. But it wasn’t until he “admitted” something to himself — out loud — that he was able to move forward in his goals. Find out what he said and learn why Brad is already on his way to long-term writing satisfaction.

Living The Writer's Life: Angela Williams Stillwell

Angela Williams Stillwell proves Barefoot Living can be shaped around your own interests. She recognized early on how freelance writing could give her the flexibility she wanted in life, both to pursue a career she enjoys and to continue her daily habits of exercise and playing with her pets. With a realistic grasp on how unpredictable life can be, Angela’s pursuit of Barefoot Writing gives her the time and income needed to overcome any obstacle — and enjoy herself along the way.

Living the Writer's Life: Donald Burns How the Reshaping of a “Dream Job” Turned into the Perfect “Retirement Gig”

Donald Burns, who long ago secured an MBA and landed his “dream job,” soon found that the contracts and constrictions weren’t worth it. He turned to freelance writing 22 years ago when the Internet and online resources barely existed. Since then, he’s built up a thriving and award-winning career as a Barefoot Writer. Read on to discover how Donald became master of his own destiny.

Living The Writer's Life: Mike Crespo

Instead of turning to writing first and finding opportunity, Mike Crespo went looking for a great opportunity and discovered Barefoot Writing. Early on in life, he got his first taste of freedom outside of the traditional job model. His humble theory on massive action and putting yourself out there will get you motivated to tackle your own writing goals today. And don’t miss his tips on incorporating family into your freelancing life.

Living The Writer's Life: Susan Nickerson

What started as two assignments written on spec (meaning without the promise of pay), very quickly turned into a long-term lifestyle of high enjoyment for Susan Nickerson. Discover how she went from running an office in Colorado to lounging as a writer with a view of the bay from the Florida Keys. No matter which way you look at it, Susan Nickerson’s writing lifestyle has brought her a lot of joy — and there’s no end in sight.

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